Coalition Challenges Local Implementation of Controversial Secure Communities Program

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28TH

Contact Jennaya Dunlap at (951) 490-2345 or Emilio Amaya at (909) 496-7795

COALITION CHALLENGES LOCAL IMPLEMENTATION OF CONTROVERSIAL SECURE COMMUNITIES PROGRAM, ANNOUNCES HUNDREDS EXPECTED IN THE STREETS FOR INLAND EMPIRE MAY 1ST MARCH IN SAN BERNARDINO

What: Press Conference to announce Inland Empire May 1st march in San Bernardino and to join the “Uncovering the Truth” National Week of Action to denounce ICE local enforcement programs like Secure Communities, which was recently enacted in San Bernardino

When: Wednesday, April 28, 2010, at 10:00 a.m.

Where: San Bernardino City Hall, 300 North D Street, San Bernardino, CA

Who: May 1st Coalition of the Inland Empire, Inland Empire Day Laborer Congress, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Pomona Economic Opportunity Center, and others

Speakers: – Interview OPP

  • Loyda Alvarado – member, Inland Empire Day Laborer Congress, National Day Laborer Organizing Network
  • Fr. Patricio Guillen – Libreria del Pueblo
  • Virginia Marquez – San Bernardino City Council – to be confirmed

Members of the May 1st Coalition of the Inland Empire, comprised of diverse groups from all over the region, will hold a press conference in front of San Bernardino City Hall to announce a planned march in San Bernardino on May Day.  Speakers will spread the message that we are United for Just Immigration Reform for Workers, Youth and Families in 2010.  In light of the recent passage of the discriminatory S.B. 1070 in Arizona last week, the Coalition will also join the building movement against local police enforcement of federal immigration laws and the racial profiling that targets immigrants and communities of color in the Inland Empire.

Speakers will announce their strong support for the National Week of Action “Uncovering the Truth” called for by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) to announce a federal lawsuit demanding records related to the little-known U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) program “Secure Communities.”  Programs like 287g and Secure Communities, which places immigration enforcement in the hands of our local police and sheriffs departments, has been proven to erode public trust in law enforcement, damage community policing strategies, and to have very little public accountability or transparency.  Community leaders will denounce all forms of criminalization of hard-working immigrants and their families, while calling for people in the Inland Empire to show their support for immigrant workers in our region, in Arizona, and throughout the country at Saturday’s May 1st March in San Bernardino.

Speakers at the press conference will represent the diversity of the coalition’s members– students, workers, clergy, families, and local officials– and local solidarity in the May Day demonstration’s call for an end to family separation and the urgent passage of a just immigration reform.  They will announce the details of the May Day program and call for wide support from communities across the Inland Empire.  Hundreds are expected to join the march to San Bernardino City Hall on Saturday.

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